Palestinian Man Dies at Jerusalem Checkpoint, Local Health Authorities Say

Clashes between security forces and Palestinians also leave three Israeli officers wounded; Palestinian died as result of heart attack caused by tear gas inhalation, PA says.

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Palestinians at Qalandiyah checkpoint before clashes broke out. July 1, 2016.
Palestinians at Qalandiyah checkpoint before clashes broke out. July 1, 2016.Credit: Majdi Mohammed
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A Palestinian man in his 50s died during clashes with security forces at the Qalandiyah checkpoint outside of Jerusalem, the Palestinian Authority's Health Ministry reported.

According to the report, the man suffered a heart attack after inhaling tear gas sprayed by police. He was taken to a Ramallah hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The Israel Defense Forces said it is investigating the report.

In the early morning hours, dozens of Palestinians congregated at the entrance to the crossing and began throwing stones at security forces. Two IDF soldiers were lightly wounded, as was an Israeli policeman who was with a rock struck in his face. He was taken to a Jerusalem hospital.

Meanwhile, police were on high alert for Muslims' Friday prayers, the last this Ramadan. Thousands of policemen have been deployed in East Jerusalem and in the Old City for the weekend.

The clashes were followed Friday by a shooting attack on an Israeli car near Hebron, which left one Israeli dead and another three wounded.

The car in which Rabbi Michael Mark and his family were riding on July 1, 2016 near Hebron when a Palestinian gunman opened fire, causing the car to crash and flip over.Credit: Judea and Samaria Rescue Services

Earlier on Friday, a Palestinian woman was shot and killed after she attempted to stab Border Police officers at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron. She has been identified as Sara al-Hajuj Atrayera, 27, from the West Bank village of Bani Na'im. No officers were wounded in the incident.

A Border Police spokesman said the woman approached the Border Police security checkpoint at the entrance to the Tomb of the Patriarchs and attempted to stab the officer. The officer then fired at her, killing her on the spot.

Sara al-Hajuj Atrayera.Credit: Facebook

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